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Module 6: When People Are Dying: Palliative Care

This module addresses:

1) How palliative care differs from traditional medical care;
2) The definition and philosophy of palliative care;
3) The core components of palliative care;
4) How to recognize the final hours and provide supportive care to the
resident and family.

When People Are Dying: Palliative Care

Original module written by:

Pamela Parrish, RN, CHPN
Clinical Consultant
School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

Diane Stillman, MSN, RN, CS
School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

Neville Strumpf, PhD, RN, C, FAAN
Edith Clemmer Steinbright Professor in Gerontology
Director, Center for Gerontologic Nursing Science and
Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence

Module rewritten in 2012 by:

Rebecca Trotta, PhD, RN
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

  • The United States is expected to experience rapid aging of the population
    over the next few decades. By the year 2050, the number of Americans
    over age 65 is expected to grow to 88.5 million, up from 40.2 million in
    2010, which is more than double.
  • As adults age, their medical conditions become less responsive to curative
    treatment, and they also experience significant physical and cognitive
    decline. This is often why they require long-term care.
  • Most older adults who reside in a long-term care setting will die there. In
    fact, each year, nearly 500,000 people die in the nursing home or shortly
    after being transferred from a nursing home to an acute care facility.
    Therefore, this setting presents a great opportunity to provide high quality
    palliative care.
  • This module will focus on ways to improve care for those at the end-of-life.

The teaching materials for this module include a PowerPoint presentation that contains notes for the speaker. These notes provide additional information so that the speaker can ellaborate on each concept presented within the PowerPoint.

If you would like to create handouts from the PowerPoint file for your attendees and do not know how, please visit the following link:

How to Create Handouts for Attendees from PowerPoint

If you would like to create a printout of the slides that also contains the notes for the instructor, please visit the following link:

How to Create Notes Pages for Presenters in PowerPoint

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Teaching Materials

Generic module files:

How to Use This Module

Logistics Checklist

Module-specific files:

Module 6: Palliative Care - Introduction

Module 6: Palliative Care - Learning Objectives

Module 6: Palliative Care - PowerPoint Slides with Speaker's Notes

Module 6: Palliative Care - Pre-test and Answer Key

Module 6: Palliative Care - Post-test and Answer Key

Module 6: Palliative Care - Participant Evaluation

Module 6: Palliative Care - Reference List


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